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Medina changed when John Rapp moved to town a long time ago. Rapp made history by being the first person from Medina to fight in a foreign conflict. Growing up in Austria in the late 18th century, John grew up in conflict. The Napoleonic Wars…

Subjects: Expansionism

World War II: an event that defined individuals, nations, and history alike. When Adolf Hitler, a brutal dictator, took over the economically weak Germany, conflict escalated very quickly. Hitler would invade countries he wasn't supposed to, and…

Dawn was just approaching on July 2, 1863, when the fire alarm in Baptist Church on W. Liberty Street began to sounds. The Coy’s house was on fire and Corydon Shumway rushed to the scene to discover the death of the Coy family. Many in Medina were…

Subjects: 1800's

On October 5, 1950, a farmer named Harold Mast was shot in the back and proclaimed dead in the hospital. The Medina Police took in a man named Max Amerman, who had been in a yearlong affair with Randi Mast (Harold’s wife), for questioning,…

McJak Candy Company, founded in 1982 by Karen McCurdy and Bill Lonjak, is a story of a company that started out small and has grown astronomically. 1087 Branch Road, Medina, Ohio, has transformed from farmland to a 60,000 square foot factory.…

Bil-Jac Foods is a local family-owned company with an original story and is the only multinational dog food company to do their food the way the do and have always done. Bil-Jac was formed by Bill and Jack Kelly, two local Medinian veterans…

Medina residents know 113 West Smith Road as the fine dining restaurant, Thyme 2. What is not commonly known about the building, is its extensive history in Medina. The building was build in a few short days in 1925, and became a machine shop. John…

Roscoe Ewing Park was the first frisbee golf park in the state of Ohio at the advent of 1980, three years after the opening of the park. It was the idea of a Californian record frisbee thrower and his father, both close business friends of the…

Living God's Love. Three words that an entire church, an entire family was founded upon. The Congregation began on Memorial Day, 1936 in Lafayette Township with Rev. Carl Henkelman. As his mother proclaimed, "It is unspossable that there doesn't be a…

This building may seem like a simple Victorian style house from one side but when you get a closer look you can see a house that has been converted into an awesome restaurant. It's original purpose however was just a house. Over the years it endured…

Subjects: Preservation

Eli's is a very historical building located on the north side of the square and built in 1904. It was once Pelton's grocery store and after Gunner's pizza. The building itself is owned by the Morning Star Lodge. It rents out Eli's and next store…

Joe Reno better known as “Black Joe” was one of the first African Americans to come to Medina. Joe came to Medina in 1836, working through his childhood as a porter and a barber. In fact he worked in the Old American Hotel. We believe that Joe…

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Subjects: Murder, Crime

There have been many prosperous families that have lived in grown within the limits of Medina county. One of the few families to be here before 1840 happened to be the Lyman Oatman and his family. Back in those days life was much more simple, while…

Upon meeting Bill Lamb the first thing one would notice is his enthusiastic and aspiring personality. All of which are attributes that would make up a great leader for an up and coming city. Lamb was sworn into Mayor of Medina in 1982, at the age…

Subjects: Mayor, 1980's

Born in Ontario, Canada, abandoned by her parents, and somehow managing to arrive in Medina, Ohio, Letha E. Brewster was a philanthropic woman of mystery. She was adopted by George and Fannie Morse, and assumed their last name at a young age. She…

Located on Route 18 just east of the square, St. Francis Xavier is a Catholic Church and K-8 academy with a deep history. It dates back to the 1860's when Reverend John Van Den Brock ran Valley City Church where citizens of Medina would attend their…

Early Thursday morning of December 24th 1886, a crowed was gathered outside of the Medina County Court House. At about 1 a.m. the town Marshal was approached by two by two men, whom he assumed were teens just messing around. However, there boys held…

Sidney Meager is one of the guys you never really hear about. Sidney Meager was apart of the 276th Armored Field Artillery Duty. He was what was called the "Forward Observer" at the time. Sidney's duty was to go beyond allied lines with a rifle and…

Sidney M. Fenn, born in 1892 came from a long line of ancestry starting somewhere around the early 1500’s with Johannes Fenn. In a later generation Edward Fenn would immigrate to the colonies in the late 1600’s sparking more generations to come.…

In 1856, it snowed so much that it resulted in 100 days of sledding. Bostwick was a very memorable leader in Medina due to his ability to have everyone gather together for something in the community. This happening has carried on ever since. Events…

When many people of Medina hear the name Eliza Northrop, the first thing that comes to mind is the Elementary school that was named after her. While miss Northrop lived in the earlier 1800s, she is a very important person in the history of this…

The Civil War was the war that truly tarnished the glamour and desire to go to war. For a little more than four years, the United States of America was wrapped up in a brutal fight for slavery and state's rights. Even though the war ended in favor of…

The little girl was walking down North Court street, looking for her brother. She walked around, trying to see what is past the cars chugging by, and spotted the Cannon Grocery store instead. She wandered over, looking through the glass to see what…

John Makse had recently come out of High school when he decided to go into the Air Force and start his career as a mechanic. He went through training, and learned to respect the drill sergeant, but after awhile he learned to respect others and got…

Mayor Dennis Hanwell is a heroic, key figure of Medina Ohio. He has bundles of leadership qualities that he stretches to the best of his abilities. A unique trait Mayor Hanwell carries is that he is extremely loyal to everyone he meets. He most…

The books were passed from storekeeper to store keeper, placed wherever they could fit, and financed by donations. The books of the Medina Library never had an official home, or librarian to take care of them until 1899, when a small building off of…

Elmer Zarney played an important role in the community of Medina from the 1950's all the way through the day he passed in 2007. From the age one on he was a part of Medina always living here except for when he was in the Air National Gaurd for 10…

Lloyd was a guy who went all out never did anything halfway. He also did whatever he could to help others, even if he didn't get anything out of it. He was in high school around the time World War 2 began. He was drafted and served in a anti air…

Porter's Shoe Repair owners, Herbert and Phyllis Porter love Medina County. They say that the people have always been nice. Located in the center of Medina, on W. Liberty Street, the repair shop is still running after 56 years of work. It all…

Elsie Bennett Wilson was born in Medina in 1890. Mrs. Wilson was a huge activist for woman's rights. She believed in equality for all. She played a huge role in our library system. However was never actually a librarian at the Medina County Library.…

On October 9th, 1960, the citizens of Medina gathered in celebration of the beloved Miss Ella Canavan, and the brand new school building that was about to be named after her. She already received a congratulatory letter from President Eisenhower in…

The passions that echo within our fine town's past can be found within the walls of 607 South Court Street, and furthermore in the life of Orlin Oatman and his family. If there ever was a model for the concept of the Medina family - with all of its…

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